NVIDIA Roadmap Leaks: Kal-El+ and Separate Processor Divisions Coming in 2012

A roadmap of NVIDIA’s current mobile processor plans for now through 2013 may have leaked online over the weekend, potentially giving us a look at an already-updated Kal-El (quad-core) chip and their goal of dividing the company into to separate businesses.  We had heard last week from CEO Jen-Hsun Huang that Kal-El processors had been delayed slightly, but would be available in tablets some time this year.  What we had not heard, was that there may be a Kal-El+ processor that will replace it just a few months after those initial device releases.  No details on what the + means in this new quad-core chip were made available in this leak.

The other interesting bit of info we get from this roadmap is the mid-2012 splitting of their mobile processor unit.  There had been talk of NVIDIA entering the non-superphone market to help grow this business and I would say this certainly confirms that.  Project “Wayne” appears to be the superphone and tablet division, while “Grey” could be their “mass consumption” line of processors.  So not only will we see NVIDIA producing a line of game-changing processors that match up with best of them, but we will also see a set of standard processors make their way into the average super phone.

And yes, Windows Phone is listed on there.  Would make sense for NVIDIA to jump into bed with additional operating systems.

Via:  Heisse, Android and Me

NVIDIA CEO: Quad-core Tablets Still Coming this Year, Phones Likely Not Until 2012

We love NVIDIA’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang here at Droid Life.  The dude has a ton of energy, an addicting personality, and most importantly, loves for his company to push the envelope.  After exploding onto the Android scene at CES this past January with their Tegra 2 dual-core chips, Huang wasted no time showing off what they had planned next – quad-core processors.  Codenamed Kal-El, these were expected (still are) to be the world’s first mobile quad-core processors with an estimated launch in tablets of this past August and in phones by the end of the year.  Unfortunately due to setbacks, neither of those time frames will/has been met.  Don’t worry though, we are still expecting to see a quad-core of some sort this year, it just won’t be in a phone.

During a sit down with media this week, Huang mentioned that their time line has now changed.  They still expect to launch quad-core tablets this year, but phones will likely be pushed into next year.  He also announced plans to move into the mass-processor consumption market, meaning they will do more than just produce processors for superphones and tablets.

On an interesting side note, Huang made a comment about his competitors – well there is only one according to him.  During his chat with press, he pointed out that Qualcomm and NVIDIA are really the only two serious players in the game right now:

“We’re the only people seriously on the dance floor with Qualcomm,” contends Huang, who is known for being outspoken. “We’re really the only two active players [in the high-end mobile processor market].”

The funny thing here is that Google has already chosen a Texas Instruments processor to develop their next version of Android on.  So while we just professed our love for Huang, we find it odd that he would take such a blatant cheap shot at TI.  Is he miffed at the fact that they weren’t chosen for Ice Cream Sandwich or does he really just think that TI processors are crap?  Who knows exactly why he left them out, but it sure gave us a good laugh.

Back to the point of the article…anyone saddened by the delay news?  Are we surprised by delays anymore?

Oh, and speaking of NVIDIA.  We have goodies to give away.  Stay tuned for those details.

Via:  Forbes

Sprinkle Released as the Newest Tegra-Optimized Game, Will Have Kal-El Support in the Near Future

Along with the launch of NVIDIA’s TegraZone.com, we get a new Tegra-optimized game to check out called Sprinkle.  As a “water physics-based puzzler”, you’ll see some of the more polished graphics and water physics of any game on the market.  The idea is simple – put out fires using an adjustable water cannon.  Completing that task isn’t always so simple though, and requires you to reach back to your childhood fire hose days for inspiration.

The game is available for $1.99 today in the market along with its 46 levels that can be unlocked by tapping 5 fingers on the screen.

*Note – There will be a Kal-El-optimized version of Sprinkle once a device running that new processor has been made available.   (more…)

NVIDIA Launches TegraZone.com, Updates App, and Wants to Give Away 5 Acer Iconia Tabs to Celebrate

The folks at NVIDIA are taking this mobile gaming thing as serious as anyone these days.  For months now, we have enjoyed their TegraZone app which highlights any game that has been optimized for devices running Tegra processors.  So to help further influence this world of mobile gaming, NVIDIA has unveiled the new TegraZone.com website as well as an easier way for developers to submit games that they believe are on good enough to be featured as a Tegra-optimized title.

Through this new site, you’ll find many of the same great features you found through the TegraZone app (which updated today by the way), only you can access it from anywhere and at any time.  You will see high res screenshots, videos, interviews with developers, and more.

Oh, and to celebrate the launch of all this gaming goodness, NVIDIA is giving away five (5) Acer Iconia Tabs, plus 15 t-shirts.

Enter the contest | Visit TegraZone.com | Market Link

Press release and full details after the jump.   (more…)

Zinio Offers Tegra Optimized Magazines on Honeycomb Tablets

Zinio actually launched their Android app almost three weeks ago, but we’re just now finding out that it has been Tegra-optimized to give you a buttery smooth experience while thumbing through the latest edition of Cosmo or Bazaar.  In the video we’ve attached below, you can see just how much of a difference it makes when these application developers work closely with chipset manufacturers; the results are what we should demand to see from everyone.

And for those that don’t know, Zinio is a big time digital magazine publisher – they might even be the biggest.  You’ll find titles in this new app like ESPN the Mag, Maxim, Rolling Stone, and Road & Track just to name a few.  Apparently you can have 3 free magazines today, just for downloading, installing and signing up for account with them.  Probably worth a look if $6 digital mags are up your alley.     (more…)

Asus to Introduce Quad-Core Tegra 3 Transformer by October?

File this one away under gigantic rumor, but word in the component shipping world pegs Asus as preparing their first Kal-El (quad-core) Tegra 3 version of the Transformer for an October release.  While our first reaction is to say that this seems highly unlikely, we do know that NVIDIA is expecting tablets with their new Tegra chip to start shipping some time around the end of the Summer.  We’re only calling it “unlikely” because of the lack of internet buzz surrounding any manufacturer’s quad-core tablets.

It would make sense for Asus to rush to be the first, especially after seeing the success of their Tegra 2 Transformer which DigiTimes is calling the number one non-Apple tablet in the U.S.  Why not capitalize on all of the buzz that has surrounded one of the hardest tablets on the market to find?  Hell, even we struggled to find one to give away.  OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it was the hottest of all of the tablets that we gave away.

To our Transformer readers out there – are you ready for what’s next?  Is Asus now your tablet brand of choice?

Via:  DigiTimes

SHADOWGUN Demo Video Released, Headed to Android Market in September

This impressive game called SHADOWGUN first popped up two weeks ago as a potential NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core title and was so impressive that we haven’t been able to stop talking about it.  So to continue to feed our addiction to these new console-quality graphics, the fine folks at Madfinger dropped this demo video of the game at E3 that will surely make your jaw slap the floor.  We had previously just seen a couple of screenshots followed by a quick walk-through of a single area, but this thing takes us into battle against mutants, shows ammo pickups, blood, and so much more.  It’s pretty ridiculous.

And at the end of the trailer, you’ll notice that they plan to release the game sometime in September of this year.  Yeah, that’s just 3 months away.   (more…)

NVIDIA Clears the Air on Compatibility Issues with LTE and Tegra Chips

Been wondering what caused the delay of the original DROID Bionic and the 4G LTE upgrade on the Motorola XOOM?  Internet rumors would suggest that the Tegra 2 processor in each device has for some reason struggled to work with Verizon’s new super fast network, but the dual-core’s maker isn’t about to let that go down.  In fact, we just got off the phone with NVIDIA who wanted to squash this nonsense for good with the following statement:

Tegra has no compatibility issues with LTE at all. The Tegra-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE tablet runs on Verizon’s LTE network and is a perfect example of Tegra working fine w/ 4G LTE. Tegra 2 interfaces with many types of modems via standard interfaces, including LTE. There is nothing inherently unique about LTE as far as Tegra 2 is concerned.

Hard to argue with that point right there.  The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2) which will be out later this month (possibly June 23),  has zero issues running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  And not that we want to continue to hammer on Motorola, but their CEO Sanjay Jha did attempt to take the blame for these delays, so we’re not completely sure why or where this Tegra hating LTE stuff started.

NVIDIA will continue to pump out their innovative mobile chipsets and Moto we hope, will some day figure out whatever issues they have been experiencing and deliver us the goods.  Everyone good?